February 23, 2012 RSS feed / Front Page

Escaped Augusta prison inmate dies in crash of stolen van here

An escaped inmate on work-release from an Augusta corrections facility died in Wilkes County Friday when he crashed a stolen van on the Tignall Highway north of Washington. More...

Come out to cheer at Saturday night’s fifth Miss Wilkes Pageant

Members of the public are invited to come and cheer for their favorite contestants at Saturday night’s fifth annual Miss Wilkes County Pageant, at 6 p.m. at the Washington- Wilkes Comprehensive High School cafeteria.  More...

Remembering A.H. Stephens on his 200th birthday

  The Georgia Society of the Military Order of Stars & Bars hosted the celebration of the 200th birthday of Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, recently, at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville. More...

New community center opens on Whitehall Street

  Surrounded by friends, family, and fellow Washington-Wilkes Chamber of Commerce members, owner Vernon L. Anthony cuts the ceremonial ribbon celebrating the opening of his new business venture, the Upscale Community Center. More...

Special Sections

The Office Cat

The Office Cat

Older is better ... at least for 45 years

Tourism Director Erin Pollock reports that 236 visitors have already signed the guest book at the welcome center and tourism office for the month of February. ... More...

Opinions

In 50 years since John Glenn’s flight we’ve forgotten the amazing details

I’d like to say that I remember when Marine Colonel John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth 50 years ago this week, but I really don’t. More...

Book Review

Dreaming in Chinese

Deborah Fallows spent three years living in China with her husband, the journalist James Fallows. She was researching internet use in China, while he was writing articles for the Atlantic. More...

Cornelia, Ga. reminds me of Ty Cobb and other legends

CORNELIA – This is where baseball immortal Ty Cobb lived out his last days. More...

Obituaries

William Frank Turner Jr.

Funeral services for William Frank Turner Jr. were held Monday, February 20, 2012, at the Fishing Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Roy Cates, Rev. Brian George, and Rev. Ben Glosson officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. More...

Donald Reed Butler

Graveside services for Donald Reed Butler, 77, of Grovetown, were held Tuesday, February 14, 2012, in Elmhurst Cemetery with Rev. Bill Eaton officiating. He died Sunday, February 12, in Augusta.  Mr. More...

Personalities

Rachel Lynn Brass marries James Christopher Ward Jan. 17

Rachel Lynn Brass of Lacey, Wash., and James Christopher Ward of Harlem were united in marriage on Tuesday, January 17, at fourthirty o’clock in the afternoon at the home of Peggy and Kerry Grisham near Enid, Okla. Rev. More...

Bill Kirby guest speaker at Duggan Scholarship Dinner

Bill Kirby of Augusta was guest speaker at the annual John Duggan Memorial Scholarship Dinner sponsored by the Washington Woman’s Club on Monday evening, February 13, at the clubhouse on North Alexander Avenue.  More...

Thomas new member of Washington Family Descendants society

Patricia Thomas was recently granted membership into the National Society of the Washington Family Descendants by virtue of her lineal descent from Colonel William Ball, a blood relative of George Washington.  Mrs. More...

Animal shelter overflowing with pups, dogs, cats in need of ‘forever homes’

The Washington-Wilkes Animal Shelter is overflowing with dozens of puppies in need of homes, and many of them will become available for adoption this week.  More...

Celebrating Arbor Day in Washington

Washington Mayor Ames Barnett signs the annual proclamation commemorating Arbor Day in the city of Washington, along with Tree Board members (from left) Sharlene Zima, Mike Hardy, Bobby Mills, and Kim Evans. More...

Polls open Saturday to cast early ballots for ‘Super Tuesday’

Polls will be open Saturday, February 25, for early in-person voting for Georgia’s March 6 “Super Tuesday” Presidential Preference Primary and for the renewal of the Wilkes school construction SPLOST.  More...

Feb.Wilkes Grand Jury returns indictments on dozens of drug, property crime arrests

The February session of the Wilkes County Grand Jury returned indictments on more than 70 individuals and issued no bills in 14 cases. The following individuals were indicted. More...

Relay for Life to honor ‘canine caregivers’ at Bark for Life fundraising event Mar. 24

Organizers for the 2012 Wilkes County Relay for Life will hold their newest fundraising event, Bark for Life, on Saturday, March 24, from 10-1 at the McGill-Woodruff Ag Center in Washington. More...

Washington Civil War Round Table to hear of Lee’s commanders Mon.

The Washington Civil War Round Table will hear Jim Miles of Warner Robins present “Gen. Lee’s Two Corps Commanders: Lt. Gen. James Longstreet and Lt. Gen. Stonewall Jackson” Monday evening, February 27, at 6 p.m. More...

News

Crook recognized by W-WSAR for Revolutionary Days help

Deanne Crook of Griggs-Ficklen Insurance Company was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the Washington-Wilkes Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) for allowing her building to be used for Revolutionary War living history presentations More...

‘Big Deal Casino’ set to raise funds for x-ray machine

The Wills Memorial Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary will present a “Big Deal Casino Night” on Saturday, March 3, from 7-10 p.m. at the Washington-Wilkes Country Club. More...

Fain is Young Farmers’ Member of the Year; Marshall Garrett inducted into Hall of Fame

The Wilkes County Young Farmers Organization held its annual Family Appreciation Dinner on Tuesday, January 24, at the Washington Wilkes Comprehensive High School cafeteria. More...

Letters

70 give blood, still more are needed

TO THE EDITOR:   We are happy to report that our blood drive for February was a great success. A total of 70 donors gave blood, 21 at the morning drive at the hospital and 39 at the afternoon drive at First United Methodist Church.  More...

Sports

Martin is state wrestling runner-up

Senior Tiger wrestler David Martin finished in second place at the state individual tournament held last weekend at the Gwinnett Arena near Atlanta where all classifications spent two days competing. More...

Youth quail hunt set for March 10 at Rolling Rock

The Frank Beckum/John Harvey Edwards Youth Quail Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 9 a.m. More...

Little League registration will end this Friday

Washington-Wilkes Little League registration is still being held in the upstairs office at Ashley Park on Thursdays and Fridays from 5-7 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. There is a registration fee of $55. More...

Worship

The Israelites’ participation in the death of Jesus

Jesus came to earth in mortal form in order to serve as the ultimate Sacrificial Lamb, dying for the sins of all humanity. More...

Don't Forget

Don't Forget

The Mallorysville Baptist Church Men's Ministry Benevolence Committee will have chicken barbecue plates available to the public on Saturday, February 25. Cost is $7.00 per plate. There will be a pickup service in Washington. More...